NJDEP Technical Guidance Manuals Open for Public Comment

April 20, 2009
by MICHAEL C. NINES, P.E.
MGKF News Flash

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Bureau of Technical Services is in the process of revising existing technical manuals: 1003 (Guidance on Risk Assessment for Air Contaminant Emissions), 1004 (Guidelines for Compliance Stack Emission Test Programs), and 1005 (Guidelines for Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems). Draft technical manuals can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/aqpp/publicnotices.htm.

Although the NJDEP is currently seeking comments from the public, a Notice of Availability will likely be published in the New Jersey Register in May whereby one will be able to formally comment during the 60 days following the notice. The draft technical manuals will be finalized after the NJDEP reviews all comments received and make any changes that are warranted. The guidance manual 1003 (Guidance on Risk Assessment for Air Contaminant Emissions) is particularly relevant in light of the January 28, 2009 memorandum from the NJDEP Assistant Director of the Air Quality Permitting Program regarding Guidance on Determining Health Risks for Diesel Exhaust Particulates from Internal Combustion Engines.

The following guidance manuals are open to public comment:

1003 (Guidance on Risk Assessment for Air Contaminant Emissions): This guidance provides information for carrying out risk assessment for air toxics, and for complying with risk guidelines in conjunction with applying for an air pollution control permit from the NJDEP.

1004 (Guidelines for Compliance Stack Emission Test Programs): The purpose of this manual is to provide general guidance on conducting stack tests at NJ facilities and the necessary interactions between the regulated community and/or their consultants with the Bureau of Technical Services. It is not intended to provide step-by-step instructions on preparing a stack testing protocol, observing or conducting emission tests, or preparing or reviewing emission test reports. It does contain references for specific test methods and related material.

1005 (Guidelines for Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems): This guideline is intended to be implemented for source operations which are required to install and operate CEMS/COMS.

Clients are encouraged to contact MGKF for assistance in preparation of comments to the NJDEP. Comments may also be submitted directly to the following NJDEP staff: